Moving Forward with Your Life after Trauma and Addiction

Moving Forward with Your Life after Trauma and AddictionLife after an extreme trauma often includes dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. People who have experienced some type of trauma, whether physical or emotional, may turn to a substance to escape from reality. The substance helps masks the pain of the experience and makes the person numb to any new feelings or emotions that may arise from painful memories. Those who have a family history of substance abuse or are genetically predisposed to addiction are at an increased risk of addiction after trauma. Getting the right treatment for both the addiction and the trauma helps those who are struggling move forward and build a new life.

Treatment for Addiction

Once you or a loved one realizes you need help with an addiction, the first thing to do is get into a treatment program. There are inpatient and outpatient programs available. Outpatient programs are appropriate for those who need to remain at home for work or personal reasons and can attend treatment on a daily basis. People who need to be removed from their current environment to increase the chances of successful treatment choose inpatient programs. Inpatient programs allow the person in recovery the chance to fully focus on the treatment without any outside distractions. Treatment programs last approximately 30, 60, or 90 days depending on your insurance coverage. Look for treatment programs that are comprehensive and offer medically-supervised detox as well as Dual Diagnosis for any underlying mental illness.

Treatment for Trauma

In the case of addiction that is the result of trauma, you or your loved one’s treatment program will address the trauma and the role it plays in your struggle with substance abuse. Understanding how the trauma has impacted and changed your life will help you learn how to cope with strong feelings and emotions without using drugs or alcohol. Once you face your fears and get them out into the open, therapists and counselors can help you start to rebuild your life after the traumatic event. Once treatment is over, you or your loved one will begin attending a support group. Support groups for survivors of trauma and those who are in recovery from addiction give you a safe place to share your feelings. Support groups also provide accountability and a place for social interaction with others who have had similar experiences. By getting the right treatment and support you can learn to live after trauma without the need for drugs or alcohol.

Finding Help for Addiction and Trauma

Traumatic events can be difficult to deal with, and turning to drugs or alcohol may seem like the answer. Getting the right help to deal with your trauma can give you a life free from substance abuse. If your or a loved one are dealing with a trauma or an addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day to speak to a helpline counselor. We can answer your questions about addiction and help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation.